At some point in 2008, after many blog posts and a Wikipedia article on the subject, I envisioned self-publishing a boxset with 27 CD-Rs of all the Tellus cassettes with accompanying book of essays. The project never came to fruition, but this was the cover art I had in mind. The fortune teller comes from an actual Tellus ad in EAR magazine vol. 9, number 2, New York, 1984.
Richard Long – A Round of Desert Flowers, 7-inch single published by Lapis Press (US) & Audio Arts (UK), 1987
Side A: Bottle Neck Dobro
Side B: Straight Version
Said to be limited to 35 copies, this record without cover was included in Richard Long's artist book "Dust, Dobros, Desert Flowers" published by Lapis Press. Dobro guitar played by Simon Childs.
Andy Battaglia – Ondes Martenot: An Introduction, March 6, 2014
Nice article on that magical instrument of ethereal music, the Ondes Martenot, as part of Red Bull Music Academy week on cutting edge music, curated by Levon Vincent, Aimed at the younger audience, the essay cites pop music examples first, then eventually points to Messiaen, Giacinto Scelsi and Bernard Parmegiani. Battaglia also mentions a 2013 Canadian film on Ondes Martenot titled Wavemakers, whose soundtrack looks very appealing. This series of articles also included an essay on Negativland’s Helter Stupid LP by Robert Barry..
Globe Sonore – 54:50mn podcast on Etienne O’Leary, 2012 (short excerpt)
Globe Sonore is a podcast from Montréal, Québec, with several programs on literature, movies and music. This episode of the “Hors-Champ” program, directed by André Habib, is about Quebecan experimental film maker Etienne O’Leary and includes many sound excerpts from the soundtrack LP released by Tenzier in 2010.
The Social Life of the Record, issue #1, zine published by Castillo/Corales gallery, Paris, 2013, on the occasion of their exhibition on underground New Zealand music, 2013. Including articles by Paul Elliman, Tom Lax, Jon Bywater.
The first installment of The Social Life of the Record, a series of original texts by musicians, fans, critics, collectors, dealers, label owners etc. — reflecting on recording, releasing, listening to, filing, flipping and DJing records today.
Jean-Jacques Perrey - Prélude au Sommeil, mono LP published by Institut Dormiphone, France, 1957
Jean-Jacques Perrey’s first solo LP, Prélude au Sommeil, or Prelude to Sleep, consisted of 2 side-long tracks of ambient electronic music played on George Jenny’s Ondioline. The disc is actually a private release from a so-called Institut Dormiphone (also Procédés Dormiphone), aka Perrey himself, in an edition of 500 copies, according to official biographer Dana Countryman. The music is intended as sleep-inducing and tranquilizing for use in mental hospitals. Almost 60 years after its release, it’s high time someone reissue this phenomenal, historical record.
[thanks Goran for this one]
The highly idiosyncratic releases of Bloomington, Indiana, label Auris Apothecary (2009–2013) demonstrate a creative use of obsolete technology and abandoned formats, as well as an unconventional conception of music objects.
- AAX-001 – 7” Reel to reel tape, 2009
- AAX-007 – unspooled ¼” reel tape, 2009
- AAX-015 – hybrid 5” pro-replicated tape + CD & audio cassette, 2010
- AAX-017 – unspooled ¼” tape loop in vial, 2010
- AAX-018 – microcassette in Aromatherapy candle, 2010
- AAX-019 – one-sided 10” glue record, 2010
- AAX-031 – 1.44mb floppy disk with 8kbps mp3 file, 2011
- AAX-087 – 7” lathe cut - plastic plate, 2012
Auris Apothecary on Discogs | YouTube channel
Sounding The Body Electric:
Experiments in Art and Music in Eastern Europe 1957–1984
Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, Poland, June – August 2012
Calvert 22 Gallery, London, UK, 26 June – 25 August, 2013
Great exhibition curated by David Crowley and Daniel Muzycsuk and featuring some favorite artists like Milan Grygar, Zoltán Jeney, Milan Knížák, Katalin Ladik, Vladan Radovanović, Krzysztof Wodiczko and many others. B&w graphic scores above by Katalin Ladik, Włodzimierz Kotoński and Bogusław Schaeffer, from the Calvert 22 gallery catalogue (PDF). The Łódź catalogue is here. Color pictures above from Faktografia.com.
Zbigniew Blazeje – Music For Audio-Kinetic Environment (6:06)
For sine wave generator, square wave oscillator and tape recorder. Recorded in the electronic laboratories at The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto, 1967.
From Canada At Expo 67, flexidisc with ArtsCanada magazine issue #108, published by The Society for Art Publications, Toronto, May 1967. The b-side features an interview with Paul Schoeler, architect of the Canadian pavillion.
ArtsCanada, issue #114, 1967
ArtsCanada, special issue on “Eskimos”, 1971
Willem de Ridder – Radio Art tee shirts, ~1981–83